Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport
|Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport
Lapangan Terbang Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah
Exterior view of the newly refurbished Subang skypark terminal from the pavement
|IATA: SZB – ICAO: WMSA
– WMO: 48647
|Owner||Government of Malaysia|
|Operator||Subang Skypark Sdn Bhd|
|Serves||Klang Valley, West Malaysia|
|Location||Subang, Selangor, West Malaysia|
|Time zone||MST (UTC+08:00)|
|Elevation AMSL||89 ft / 27 m|
Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport (Malay: Lapangan Terbang Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah, LTSAAS, (IATA: SZB, ICAO: WMSA) (formerly Subang International Airport), often called Subang Airport or Subang Skypark, is an airport located in Subang, Selangor, Malaysia, and primarily serves general aviation and some turboprop domestic flights. Although plans existed to convert the airport into a low-cost carrier hub, the change was opposed by Subang Jaya residents. Before the 1998 opening of the KL International Airport in Sepang, the (then) Subang International Airport served as Kuala Lumpur's main airport. Subang Airport is currently the hub for Berjaya Air, Firefly and Malindo Air commercial turboprop services. Transmile Air Services is the only other non-passenger non-turbo prop aircraft landing and utilising Subang Airport Terminal 2. While heavily opposed by Ara Damansara residents of the noise of the jet engines, Transmile still operates out of SZB servicing DHL and other local hubs.
The airport was officially opened to traffic on 30 August 1965, and had the longest runway (3.7 km long, 45m wide – runway 15 – 33) in Southeast Asia, replacing Sungai Besi Airport. By the 1990s, the airport had three terminals – Terminal 1 for international flights, Terminal 2 for Singapore – Kuala Lumpur shuttle flights by Singapore Airlines and Malaysia Airlines, and Terminal 3 for domestic flights. Toward the end of service, the airport suffered at least two major fires that forced traffic to be diverted to other airports. By the end of 1997, Subang Airport had handled 15.8 million passengers.
In July 2002, AirAsia began flying from KLIA, and in 2004, AirAsia considered utilising the airport as a primary hub in Malaysia. However, the plan was rejected and the Malaysian government now plans to turn the airport into an international conference centre. Since Firefly started operations in the airport, AirAsia has been lobbying the government to allow AirAsia to use Subang Airport. As of December 2007, the government still maintains its policy of only allowing general aviation and turbo-prop flights out of Subang Airport. Terminal 1 was demolished.
The airport underwent renovation works at Terminal 3 from February 2008 and was finished in October 2009. Terminal 3 was renamed to Subang Skypark.
The airport serves as Berjaya Air's main gateway to several Malaysian holiday destinations, including Pulau Tioman. Transmile Air Services, a national cargo carrier, chose Subang Airport as its main cargo operation center. Several companies offer chartered flights and helicopter services from the airport. One of the largest FBO (Fixed Base Operator) in the region (with covered hangar space of more than 100,000sqft), Dnest Aviation Services is also based in this airport. Their newest hangar boast a "first of its kind" infrastructure capable of taking in either a 737 BBJ or A319 ACJ and 2 basement floors directly underneath it with ample of office space, lecture rooms, carpark and a cafeteria. A number of flying clubs are also located at Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah airport, the most famous of these being Subang Flying Club, Elite Flying Club, Eurocopter(An EADS Company), ESB Flying Club(Eurodynamic Sdn Bhd). With Eurocopter, the airport servers as a maintenance and support facility for Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency helicopters.
The main headquarters of Malaysia Airlines is in Subang, consisting of administrative departments & its maintenance, repair and overhaul subsidiary, MAS Aerospace. In addition Berjaya Air's head office is in the Berjaya Hangar in the SkyPark Terminal Building. Previously the head office was in Terminal 3. Transmile Air Services has its head office in the Transmile Centre in the Cargo Complex.
Apart from that, Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport was to be a hub for Global Flying Hospitals, but the humanitarian medical charity made the decision to close down Malaysian Operations, stating that the elements to make the correct formula for the GFH model were not present.
Terminal 3 transformation plan
On 4 December 2007, Subang SkyPark Sdn Bhd announce a RM 300 million plan to transform the Terminal 3 building into an ultra-modern general and corporate aviation hub. The plan includes upgrading the terminal, creation of regional aviation center and finally the establishment of a commercial nexus. Under an agreement with Malaysia Airports, Subang Skypark will serve private aviation while Malaysia Airports will serve Berjaya Air and Firefly Airlines. Subang Skypark recently signed a lease agreement with Malaysia Airports for the land in the Airport in Langkawi.
On the next day, VistaJet, a business jet service provider, has announced that it will use the airport as a base of operations in Malaysia. It has chosen Terminal 3, which is being operated by Subang Skypark to be the hub in Asia.
The operator announce that construction works for a 9,000 square feet (840 m2), five-star executive lounge begins in February 2008. The construction works was awarded to ArcRadius Sdn Bhd. It is expected that the lounge works will be done by end of March 2008. The transformation plans also calls for a construction of two 42 meters by 47 meters maintenance, repair and overhaul hangars and ten 36-meter by 36-meter parking hangars. The construction of the MRO hangars will complete by end of 2008 while two of the ten parking hangars will complete by end of 2009.
Subang Airport underwent a RM40 million facelift on the check-in terminals. The facelift did nothing much to address the lack of parking spots, although a valet service is provided. Parking cost RM25 on daily basis. There are no rail links connected to the airport unlike KL International Airport but travellers can catch a local bus out of Central Market bus hub.
The airport was officiated by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on 28 October 2009. The Prime Minister has expressed confidence that the airport will reach 2 million annual passenger and emerge as a regional hub of ASEAN.
Terminal 2 at Skypark Subang
The next phase of development will entail the refurbishment of the former Terminal 2 (T2) of the SAAS airport into an extension of the SkyPark Terminal 3. Works are scheduled to commence end of 2013 with an estimated construction period of 24 months. The combined capacity of T2 and T3 will be 5 million With a retail extension of 320,000 sq ft, the project will include airport facilities and services and a multilevel car park of 350,000 sq ft with 1,155 bays. The extension will also include an entertainment / event deck that overlooks the runway, a first of its kind, open to public, in Malaysia.
Skypark Commercial Nexus is a mixed development commercial project sited on a 5.13 hectare plot adjoined to the main terminal. Among the proposed highlights of the Nexus would be a hotel, entertainment outlets, aviation museum and an aviation theme park (subject to approval from authority). A multi-storey car park is also included. Construction work is expected to commence in early 2014. The upcoming railway line is planned to connect SkyPark Nexus to Subang Jaya KTMB station due to complete by mid 2016.
Airlines and destinations
|Firefly||Alor Setar, Batam, Johor Bahru, Kerteh, Koh Samui, Kota Bharu, Kuala Terengganu, Langkawi, Medan, Pekanbaru, Penang, Singapore|
|Malindo Air||Alor Setar, Batam, Ipoh, Johor Bahru, Kerteh, Kota Bharu, Krabi, Kuala Terengganu, Kuantan, Langkawi, Penang|
Traffic and statistics
This is the easiest way to get in and out of the airport. There is a taxi booth inside the terminal building, so arriving passengers can directly go to the booth and get on the taxi right away.
A new KL City Airport shuttle bus service to Kelana Jaya LRT station, e@Curve Mutiara Damansara, Plaza Damas and Pekeliling Bus Station (Titiwangsa station) has just started on 11 October 2013. The shuttle bus leaves Skypark Terminal hourly from 7:30AM to 9:30PM. Other than the shuttle bus, there are public buses passing through the main road just outside the terminal building. Buses heading towards Kuala Lumpur city center are on the opposite side of the road, so you have to cross the road by using pedestrians bridge to get to the other side and then wait for buses at the designated stop. Fare to Kuala Lumpur is RM 3.00 one-way. The journey normally takes about 1 to 1 1/2 hours, depending on the traffic conditions along the way.
- KL City Airport Shuttle Bus : Subang Airport Skypark Terminal – Kelana Jaya LRT station – e@Curve Mutiara Damansara – Plaza Damas – Pekeliling Bus Station (Titiwangsa station)
- U81 (RapidKL) : Pasar Seni LRT station (Kuala Lumpur) – Subang Mahsing via Subang Airport Skypark Terminal
Accidents and incidents
- 11 May 1976 – British Airways Flight 888, a Boeing 747-100 from London to Melbourne via Bahrain, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur, was on approach to Runway 15 when it flew below the normal flight path, hitting trees 2.2 nautical miles before the runway threshold. On landing, inspection of the aircraft revealed damage on the main landing gear; strike marks on the fuselage and engine intakes; and evidence of debris ingestion on the two left-side engines.
- 27 September 1977 – Japan Airlines Flight 715, a Douglas DC-8, crashed into a hill in bad weather while attempting to land on Runway 15. 34 people, including 8 of the 10 crew members and 26 of the 69 passengers, were killed when the aircraft broke on impact.
- 4 December 1977 – Malaysian Airline System Flight 653, a Boeing 737-200 from Penang to Kuala Lumpur was hijacked and crashed in Tanjung Kupang, Johor, killing all 100 people aboard.
- 18 December 1983 – Malaysian Airline System Flight 684, an Airbus A300 from Singapore crashed 2 km short of the runway while approaching Runway 15 in bad weather. There were no fatalities, but the aircraft was written off. Ironically, the aircraft was operating its last scheduled flight for Malaysian Airline System, before being returned to its original operator, Scandinavian Airlines System.
- 19 February 1989 – Flying Tiger Line Flight 66, a Boeing 747-200F from Singapore crashed 12 kilometres from the airport while on approach to Runway 33. The pilots misinterpreted the controller's instructions to descend, causing the aircraft to fly below minimum attitude and crashing into a hillside on the outskirts of Puchong. All four flight crew were killed.
- Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport, Subang at Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad
- WMSA – SUBANG/SULTAN ABDUL AZIZ SHAH at Department of Civil Aviation Malaysia
- AirAsia a key player in changing aviation landscape
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- "Group Offices." Transmile Air Services. Retrieved on 27 December 2011. "Corporate & Finance Transmile Centre Cargo Complex, Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport. 47200 Subang, Selangor Darul Ehsan MALAYSIA"
- "Contact Info." Firefly. Retrieved on 22 February 2010. "Principal Office FlyFirefly Sdn Bhd, 3rd Floor, Admin Building 1, Complex A, Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport, 47200 Subang, Selangor, Malaysia. "
- RM300m to transform Terminal 3
- Subang to become hub for corporate jets
- Vista Jet picks Subang to be Asian hub
- Work on Subang Skypark begins
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- ASN Aircraft accident Boeing 747-249F N807FT Kuala Lumpur Subang International Airport (KUL)
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